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Jessica Aguilar Removed from UFC Fight Night 126 After Liva Renata Souza Withdrawal

Over the weekend, former Invicta FC standout Livia Renata Souza was forced to pull out of her Octagon debut against Jessica Aguilar at UFC Fight Night 126 due to a hand injury.
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After Dominick Cruz Withdrawal, Jimmie Rivera Now Faces John Lineker at UFC 219

Jimmie Rivera has a new opponent at UFC 219, as the bantamweight contender will square off against John Lineker in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov opens up about UFC 209 withdrawal: ‘I feel I almost died’

The biggest fight week of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s career turned into a nightmare overnight at UFC 209.

By now it’s no secret that Nurmagomedov was forced to withdraw from his long-anticipated interim UFC lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson last month at UFC 209 after falling ill and being transported to the hospital just hours before the event’s Friday morning weigh-ins. The turn of events was shocking, thrusting the UFC’s pay-per-view into disarray at the eleventh hour and sinking a planned Ferguson-Nurmagomedov tilt for the third time.

Nurmagomedov has been largely quiet since, electing to remain out of the spotlight while focusing on his recovery. But on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, the undefeated Dagestani explained his side of the story about a period that he called “the hardest month in my life.”

And for Nurmagomedov, the first sign that anything was amiss arrived on Thursday of fight week, shortly after the completion of UFC 209 media day.

“In the evening, I feel badly. I feel different. I never feel like this,” Nurmagomedov explained on The MMA Hour. “One day before weigh-in, of course I don’t feel good all the time, but I think this is like something different. And when I go home the night before weigh-ins, I feel crazy. I’m cutting weight with my team, and I don’t remember how I cut weight. I don’t remember a lot of things, something going wrong.

“I feel so bad. I never feel like this.”

Nurmagomedov said the stomach pain he felt while cutting weight eventually became so dire that his team rushed him to the hospital in the middle of the night. He felt close to death, he said, and doctors quickly barred him from even entertaining the option of a catchweight fight against Ferguson.

“The doctor say, ‘you cannot fight. You almost die. How you fight? How you can fight if you almost die? … No way. We say no fight, 100 percent. No make weight. No fight. No nothing. You need to stay in the hospital for seven hours, we have to make sure your body is good.’ But I feel I almost died,” Nurmagomedov said.

“We know a lot of times when you’re cutting weight, you can die. I know one month ago somebody died in Brazil. Before, somebody died in Japan. We know sometimes this happens. But this can happen with me too. If we still cutting weight, and we still force my body, maybe I can die too?

“But it’s okay,” Nurmagomedov added. “Sometimes when I have injury or when I have bad situation, I all the time come back strong. Now, I know a lot of people asked about this, a lot of fans asked about this because this is a very big fight. The UFC promote this fight very good. We promote this fight. A lot of people are waiting for this fight. I know a lot of fans are upset about this, and I understand this, but I want to say sorry about everything. And I come back. I’m going to come back.”

Nearly a month after his unfortunate withdrawal, Nurmagomedov has still not been able to return to training. He said he just came back from Germany, where he underwent testing to determine the root of his stomach problems. While he did not specify what was discovered, Nurmagomedov said he is returning to Germany soon to undergo treatment and “fix” his body.

Nurmagomedov declined to elaborate on what that treatment would be, other than saying that it was something done of his own volition, and not at the UFC’s request. Nurmagomedov said he hopes to be back to full strength within three to five months, and he reiterated several times that his issues have nothing to do with how much weight he cuts.

“I don’t think I’m cutting too much weight,” Nurmagomedov said. “I make weight, 155.5 pounds, when I fight with Michael Johnson (at UFC 205) and I feel very good. I feel perfect. I make weight no problem.

“I’m just coming from Germany. I need like three or five months to make my body the same, three or five months of rehab. And obviously I’m going to Germany, I’m going to fix everything. This problem, this is not about cutting weight. This is about my health, and I have to [fix] my health in three or five months, and I’m going to come back. I think I can fight end of September.

“In Germany I’m going to check my body, what happened, everything,” Nurmagomedov added. “And I have a little bit of a problem with something, but I don’t want to talk about this. But I need a couple months to fix everything.”

Nurmagomedov said he is eyeing a possible return fight at the end of September and wants it to be against Ferguson. He also dismissed the idea of moving up to welterweight.

“I never fight 170, because I can make [155]. I make 155 all of my career,” Nurmagomedov said. “I make all my amateur career at 155. All the time, I can make and I will make 155. Of course, before, I think about ‘maybe I fight at 170, superfight,’ something like this. But I want to say that I never fight 170. Never. I know this. This is not changing. I am going to fight only 155, and now I have difference motivations. I want [figure out] how I can make 155 and how I can become UFC lightweight champion. This is my different and new motivation.”

Nurmagomedov apologized several times for a situation that he knows left a lot of people disappointed. The undefeated sambo master has been considered a top contender within the UFC lightweight division for many years, but his rise to gold has consistently been stunted by one luckless circumstance after another, from the string of injuries that kept him sidelined for most of 2014 and 2015, to the late-night sickness that torpedoed his title shot at UFC 209.

Nurmagomedov glumly said he almost doesn’t remember what it’s like to be healthy for a prolonged stretch of time, but he vowed to fix his issues over the next few months. He also had kind words for UFC president Dana White, who he said supported him through the ordeal.

“I want to say thank you to him,” Nurmagomedov said. “I know sometimes he goes crazy when somebody pulls out, but I understand. I understand everything. I am professional fighter and I have to make weight and this is my job, but sometimes you cannot control your body, and you do everything. This is my fault. I know, 100 percent, this my fault. But we will see what happens next time. I’m going to come back. This is not finished. This is not finished, my career. I’m going to fix my body and come back.”

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UFC Fight Night 97 canceled following B.J. Penn’s withdrawal from the card

The UFC has canceled their upcoming event in Manila. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.

This event was labeled as UFC Fight Night 97, and it was supposed to take place on Oct. 15 in Manila, Philippines. MMA legend B.J. Penn was scheduled to make his return to competition, facing top featherweight Ricardo Lamas in the main event of the card.

However, Penn pulled out of the fight on Wednesday citing a rib injury. The UFC failed to find a replacement opponent for Lamas, which subsequently caused the cancellation for the event.

The fighters set to compete on the card will be rebooked for upcoming UFC events, and they will receive compensation due to the cancellation of card, according to the UFC.

With the 2016 calendar already finalized with UFC events, the promotion will look to book an event in Manila sometime next year. Fans that purchased tickets can seek refund at the point of purchase. MMA Fighting learned that ticket sales were low, somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000.

The UFC Fight Night 97 card prior to cancellation went as follows:

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Chris Weidman explains reason for UFC 199 withdrawal

Chris Weidman posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning an explanation on why he had to pull out of his rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The former UFC middleweight champion admitted he could be sidelined for awhile after surgery on a herniated disc in his neck, and is targeting the November show at Madison Square Garden for his return.

His entire statement is below:

I just wanna let my fans know as many details as possible about what happened to me because I want them involved as much as possible. It’s the least I can do to give back for all the love and support I have received now and over the years.

To all the people bad-mouthing me right now, I understand it and you’re entitled to your opinion. Just wanna make sure you know this is a fight I refused to pull out of no matter what. I was never in better shape, more healthy, motivated, confident and excited for a fight in my life. I also felt I was the best fighter I have ever been and made some great improvements.

Since my high-school wrestling days, my neck, every once in a while, would get stiff. Every athlete who has been competing in any sport experiences this, but it usually goes away pretty quickly in a day or two. It never has been a real problem for me or slowed me down.

So, I recently sparred on a Thursday night and nothing drastic at all happened during sparring. After sparring, my neck was fine and our team actually discussed afterwards how good I was feeling as a fighter. The next morning, I happened to wake up with a stiff neck and with a little nerve pain in my neck and arm but figured it go away in a day or two. Like I said, I’m used to this pain. So I went on with my workouts on Friday and actually felt relatively good. It got a little more serious Friday night and Saturday morning. Friday night, I
couldn’t sleep or get comfortable and went from my bed to my daughter’s to my son’s then to the couch, just trying anything to get comfortable. When I finally woke up on Saturday, which is a sparring day, I had severe vertigo which I never experience before. I was losing my balance and not walking straight and the neck was worse then ever. So I got scared and ended up going to an urgent care where they sent me to get a MRI. I then found out I had a large extrusion herniation, which was stuck on a nerve that shuts down the tricep and and forearm area. So I figured I could get an epidural and I would be good and there was zero chance in my head I was pulling out.

The first spine specialist I went to in NYC was blown away by the size of it and told me he wasn’t very optimistic about an injection for me and thought surgery was the way to go, but I just figured he’s a surgeon and let him know about how big this fight is and that there is zero chance I’m backing out and getting a surgery. So he sent me to a specialist who does injections, and by looking at MRI images, agreed that the chances of epidural relieving that nerve pain would be minimal, but I was still optimistic and thought either way I’m fighting through this.

So a few days pass until I could get approved for the injection, so I just continued doing cardio and whatever I could to work around the neck until they could get me in for that epidural.

After finally getting the epidural, nothing changed. During this time I couldn’t sleep or get through any regular-day activity with the pain I was experiencing. I actually felt my best when I was working out but I couldn’t survive throughout the day and night without painkillers and other medication to try to block nerve pain. I had another epidural scheduled for this Thursday but the doctors said again that it most likely wouldn’t make a difference. I still planned on fighting until yesterday when my coaches and loved ones really just put their foot down. The people I trusted most were not behind me fighting and pushing through. So before getting the second epidural I decided to give the UFC a fair amount of time to find another opponent for Luke.
This was obviously a fight bigger than any for me and I trained harder and smarter then ever but apparently GOD has other plans for me.

I am being told I’m going to need surgery. Either they take the disc out or they fuse it and I have to meet with surgeons today to figure out what they will do. The good thing is it is c6-7 which is low in the neck, so I will have full range of motion either way and will be back better then ever. I’m told it’s six-to-eight week recovery for the disc coming out and twelve weeks for a fusion. Even though it’s very hard for me to see a bright side right now, the one silver lining I’m focused on is the timetable would allow me to fight on that NY card in November.

I want to apologize to my family, friends, coaches,management, sponsors, fans, the UFC, and of course, Luke for letting you guys down. I promise I’ll be back and I will get that belt back. I also want to publicly thank everyone close to me for their unconditional love and support, and especially thank my physical therapists and doctors for all of their great help.

Thanks for the support and love you all.

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Jon Jones responds to Daniel Cormier’s UFC 197 withdrawal: ‘Enjoy that belt’

Jon Jones is going to have to wait longer than expected if he wants to earn back his UFC light heavyweight title.

Jones’ rival, UFC champion Daniel Cormier, was forced to withdraw from a scheduled April 23 rematch at UFC 197 due to injury, MMAFighting.com confirmed Friday via multiple sources. Less than a day later, Jones broke his silence on the dropout by directing a message towards Cormier on Twitter.

UFC officials have yet to make an official announcement on Cormier’s injury.

The situation comes just days after Jones (21-1) was arrested for violating the terms of his probation as the result of a controversial traffic stop by officer Jason Brown of the Albuquerque Police Department. Jones received five tickets for the incident, including one for drag racing. Body camera footage also captured Jones calling Brown a “f*cking liar” and a “pig” during a heated exchange.

After serving two days in jail, Jones was released Thursday and sentenced to attend courses for driver improvement and anger management, along with 60 additional hours of community service and restrictions on his driving abilities.

The UFC issued a statement that the organization was “disappointed” and “concerned” by Jones’ latest run-in with the law, but it would still allow his rematch against Cormier at UFC 197 to continue as planned.

It won’t matter now though, as Cormier will sidelined for the immediate future due to an injury suffered in training.

UFC 197 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. A flyweight title bout between UFC champion Demetrious Johnson and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo remains on the card.

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UFC 188 Embedded, Episode 2: Cain Velasquez’s injury withdrawal ‘was part of his strategy’

On the second episode of UFC 188 Embedded, Fabricio Werdum questions the necessity of Cain Velasquez’s previous injury withdrawal, Kelvin Gastelum watches old fight footage, and Velasquez finishes his last day of hard training in Mexico City. Meanwhile, Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez ready for their long-awaited showdown back in the States.

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Pros react to T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto, Renan Barao’s withdrawal from UFC 177

Chaos erupted on Friday afternoon in Sacramento when, barely 24 hours away from fight night, Renan Barao was forced to withdraw from his rematch against UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw due to complications cutting weight, inflicting a fatal blow to an already less than stellar UFC 177 pay-per-view lineup.

Promotional newcomer Joe Soto, who three weeks ago became the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion, will now challenge Dillashaw for the UFC title on one day’s notice. For Soto, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, however not all parties involved were as pleased with the outcome.

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UFC 170: White Explains Jones Withdrawal

Although it’s been known for sometime now that Jon Jones will throw down with Glover Teixeira next, the UFC’s been having a tough time nailing down a date for the actual fight. Initially, the light-heavyweight title fight was expected to take place on February 1st, but after that date got tossed out, the promotion announced […]

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Joe Warren details grievous doctor’s error that caused his withdrawal from Bellator 98

In the midst of an emotional and financial nightmare, Joe Warren suddenly found something extra on his plate.

Following his last-second withdrawal from Bellator 98, Warren heard reports out of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations that the reason for his removal was simple: Warren had been knocked out in sparring.

“Nothing like that ever happened,” Warren told MMAFighting.com.

“I was never knocked out at all. This whole camp has been structured around me not getting hurt, me not taking any punishment, me slipping punches, making sure that I’m not in any danger. I’m the safest athlete I’ve ever been.”

Unfortunately, in comparison to the initial story, the one critics were so quick to ridicule him for, Warren’s version of events is far more miserable.

The week of the fight, Warren was in his car, on his way to the airport when he received a phone call from Bellator officials. Doctors had discovered an irregularity, something small and unsettling on the 36-year-old’s MRIs. The Connecticut commission refused to clear him. Warren was to immediately see a neurosurgeon in Denver.

“They were telling me that I had a stroke. That I was never fighting (again),” Warren says. “It was crazy.”

In truth, it was nothing. An overblown slip-up, a false needle in a haystack. But it’d be a while before Warren would come to realize that.

Warren booked the first flight out to Denver. There, neurosurgeons ran a slew of tests, including a continuous series of MRIs. For days, Warren and his family worried about his livelihood. He shuttled from doctor to doctor, conducted exams, watched as the results shipped from location to location.

Ultimately, neurosurgeons reached a staggering diagnosis.

“It was all a mistake,” Warren bitterly recalls. “We had three different doctors reading the image wrong from thousands of miles away.

“My coach and everyone were so upset. We’ve been doing everything humanely possible to get ready for this fight, and then this happens. Then they won’t even tell me why.”

But somehow, it didn’t matter. Connecticut officials stood firm in their reluctance to clear Warren, despite the fact that doctors treating Warren in person did so without hesitation. Fight day came and went, and Warren was forced to continue paying for tests and MRIs out of pocket.

“It cost me so much money that Bellator stepped in and took over the bills, all the MRI bills and everything,” a grateful Warren says.

“All the other doctors, professionals and neurosurgeons were actually clearing me, but Connecticut.

“These guys were having me do MRIs, back and forth, all kinds of different neurosurgeons and things. It’s a lot of money. I paid for all that stuff myself, so it was a huge burden for me and my family, for them to make a mistake and then weed me out of my profession, my job, and tell me I was never going to fight again.”

At that point, the incompetence was palpable to Warren.

He knew he was alright. He didn’t have a stroke. Warren understood his health better than anyone, and he figured things would work themselves out, one way or another. And when they did, Bellator would rebook the fight.

Though truthfully, that’s the part that worried him.

Warren had already cut weight once. Now the constant anxiety from a prolonged state of limbo had started playing tricks on his body.

“Every week I thought I was going to fight,” Warren says.

“I peaked. My coaches, my sports physiologists, they had to re-peak me. We were peaked, then I had to maintain a peak because I wasn’t if I was fighting that next week, and then it took a few weeks to be able to get where I am now. The weight was up and down, plus just dealing with the stress issue.”

Finally, after a painfully slow few weeks, things worked themselves out. Connecticut was satisfied and cleared Warren. Bellator rescheduled the fight.

The medical industry is notoriously slow, and largely unapologetic. Doctors called Warren’s case an “image abnormality.” Warren isn’t quite sure what it means — they never gave him a good explanation — but he repeats the phrase with disdain.

“It sounds to me like they read the image wrong,” he flatly says.

Regardless, Warren is trying to take the experience in stride. For a brief moment, he stared eye-to-eye with the end of his professional career. In comparison, a cage fight doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

“This is a very unpredictable sport. A lot of s–t happens in it, so I just roll with the punches, pretty much. Try to stay positive,” Warren concludes.

“My main concern is to win this tournament championship, and the first step is to get through this Nick Kirk, to get to that first round and just get this fight started. I’m real excited that I’m here. It’s actually going to happen.”

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